Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Guest Blogger: Baby Swag

Hi again.  It’s meee, guest blogger.  My first post was about maternity wear and now I’m back to talk about baby swag.  Yes, the stuff that tugs at our little mommy shopper heartstrings.

Admittedly, my first trip to Babies R Us was a bit of a flop.  I pushed around a few strollers and had to leave after 10 minutes.  There’s just so. much. stuff.  But as much I wanted to sit back and have someone tell me what to do, at the end of the day, baby stuff is personal and I had to buckle down and do the research.  Whomp whomp.

My friend gave me this book which I cross referenced with the nets. I read about function and safety and came up with a rather lengthy list of what I felt we would need.  I mean, there really is no right and wrong… and no end, if you’re not careful.  And then to really get started, I grouped everything into three categories.

First, the non-negotiables.  These are the things you know you want, how you want, therefore must be exactly what you want.  I was inspired by several boards featured on the incredible lay baby lay and picked out nursery furniture and artwork early on: a crib, bassinet, and etsy prints.  

This bassinet = I wanted it = I bought it = Easy.  See how cute it looks in our office?

But there are a lot of other things on the list where I’m not particularly tied to a brand or model or type.  Friends and family have been giving us gently used stuff like slings and joggers and I’ve been happily and steadily crossing things off my list of things to buy.  You’ve got to love this second category: hand-me-downs.  I LOVE this category.

Like this bouncer/ toy car from my cousin:

Never knew something like this existed, never even knew I wanted it, but now I’m like can’t live without it.  Bambino will probably use this for a little while and then it will get passed on to another mommy.  Paying it forward, y’all.   Talk about being green without even trying.  Again, love.

And the last category: Gifts.  Gifts with a capital G.  Things you don’t necessarily need or want but people buy for you because they are JUST SO incredibly wonderfully babylicious.  Like this little giraffe rocker complete with little blankies given to us by a friend:

Buying this on your own, not as fun.  But receiving something like this as a gift, amazing.  I rarely melt, but I melted when I pulled this out of the box.

So there it is.  Whether it’s something you have to have, or it’s passed down to you, or it’s something adorable gifted to you, once your belly starts growing, apparently life will suddenly become about collecting a lot of baby stuff.  And when I say a lot of stuff, I mean A LOT OF STUFF.  But I figure if there was ever a good time to be overly prepared, it’s now.

Next topic:  My feelings about impending mommyhood.  11 weeks to go.  Eeks.



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